DA plans to trim Tshwane mayor’s 900-person office but Samwu vows to resist
SOUTH Africa’s biggest union for municipal workers will oppose plans by the DA to fire 900 employees in Tshwane.
"As the largest trade union in local government we will oppose this move by the municipality," Mpho Tladinyane, South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) regional secretary in Tshwane, said on Monday. "We are convinced that this plan is ill-conceived and ill-planned."
The DA says the workforce in the Tshwane metro is bloated by political appointments. "What we cannot have is a 900-person mayor’s office that is just a big employment scheme for the ANC," said Matthew Gerstner, the acting spokesman for Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga. "We are going to give Samwu a guarantee that everything we do will be to bring about fairness in who is employed."
ANC Tshwane spokesman Teboho Joala said he was not able to comment because he was out of the country. Paul Mojapelo, the ANC’s Tshwane regional secretary, did not answer two calls to his cellphone.